Eight Tips for Protecting Your Pet »
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
My 4 cats have been patients of Dr Bree's for over 4 years....It was always routine visits until last December when I took my 10 year old cat Sandy in for what I thought was a small issue...Dr Marc found a mass and she was taken in on Monday for surgery...Dr Marc called me personally after the surgery and they encouraged me to visit with my "baby" during her 2 day hospital stay. I was kept informed and Dr Marc went over every aspect of her illness, and surgery and subsequent treatments.....Although we had hoped for the best, her biopsy came back as an aggressive form of lymphoma....Dr Marc took the time to research the best treatment for her and together we came up with a plan that worked for Sandy. For a month I was in the office 3 days a week for treatments and after treatments the staff would call me and inquire as to how Sandy was doing....I didn't just leave the office and was forgotten - they cared and made it known we were not just a number to them. I am now in the office twice a week and I cannot say enough good things about this kind, caring facility. In the four years I have been going there, I have never seen a cleaner animal hospital. When I dropped my cat off for surgery at 7am the girl at the desk was disinfecting and when I was visiting at night after office hours the staff was cleaning and mopping and disinfecting! Spotless would be an accurate description! I would never trust anyone but Dr Marc or Dr Roblejo to take care of my babies....
I have been a client of Dr. Roblejo since 1975, when he also owned Somerdale (NJ) Animal Hospital. My parents had several cats we took there. Dr. Roblejo is a kind, wonderful vet. My Maine Coon, Fonzie, was ill. Dr. Roblejo took him for a couple weeks, said "don't worry" and we got him back and he was fine. He charged us nothing! He is a caring, wonderful man. I followed him to Bree's when he sold Somerdale. I have had several cats and they have done nothing but be like family to me. All the vet techs, Dr. Roblejo and his son, Dr. Marc - Helene (Dr. Roblejo's wife) and Renee' the Office Manager and Head Vet Tech....are like family to me. I have had a few cats in severe situations and they have NOT charged outstanding fees? Where did that customer come up with that? Go to Center City or Voorhees NJ and see what you get charged. I travel from Haddon Heights NJ to Phila. to see them...only 25 minutes travel. they are caring, wonderful people and I have been through severe heartbreak with losing two cats within 6 days of each other and I went to their office for consolation. They saved several of my cats when others knew not what to do. I love them and will always be a client.
Jessie our 12 year old Yellow Lab Mix became sick and lethargic. We carried her to our neighborhood vet who said there was nothing he could do and we would need to put her down. We were not going to accept that decision without a second opinion. We then took her to Queen Village Animal Hospital which our son said was excellent. We were told she would need surgery to remove her uterus but that she also had a severe infection throughout her body and her chances of survival were very small. Jessie had the surgery done and then the waiting to see if she could fight off the infection began. Jessie never gave up and the wonderful doctors, workers and staff of Queen Village never gave up on her either. They monitored and gave her loving care constantly. After several days of waiting and praying, we got the call that she was showing signs of improvement. Jessie made a full recovery.... Jessie is now 15 1/2 and even though climbing stairs and getting on the couch are a bit difficult for her now, she still acts like a puppy when it's time to go for a walk. We cannot put into words what these extra years with Jessie have meant to us.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.